This course gives the student a thorough understanding of the theory, construction, and design of the mechanical devices utilized in tires; wheels and bearings; and hydraulic braking systems. Emphasis is on the geometry of links and levers; the physics of friction and hydraulics; vehicle braking requirements; vehicle handling and dynamics; wheel alignment procedures and equipment; and the diagnosis of brake problems. The course includes the curriculum necessary for successful completion of the Vermont state inspection certification test. Any student who is already certified receives credit for the inspection portion of the course.
3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week for the first half of the term